Michelle Williams: Matilda Is My “Side Project and Center Project”

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Michelle Williams says her 7-year-old daughter Matilda is her "side project and center project."  

Michelle Williams' passion project won't be shown on-screen anytime soon, but that doesn't mean the Oz the Great and Powerful actress is any less proud of it. Williams, 32, recently told Paper magazine that her biggest off-screen project right now is raising her 7-year-old daughter, Matilda.

"Raising the kid is the work, yeah. And it's amazing, and it's the ultimate creative act," she told the publication at the Kate Young for Target party on Tuesday, April 9. "That's my side project and my center project."

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Matilda is Williams' daughter with her late ex, actor Heath Ledger.

Williams, who debuted an edgy new haircut at the star-studded event, added that for her, she enjoys concentrating all her energy into only a few things at a time.

"I wish I had side projects!" she said of pursuing other passions outside of work. "I'm kind of like a 'one thing at a time' girl. I can't really take on [more]. I wish I was one of those people who's also taking lots of photos and going to cooking classes. But I just work and raise the kid. That's all I can do."

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The Blue Valentine actress quietly split with boyfriend Jason Segel earlier this year after just under a year of dating. The A-list couple maintained a low-profile romance throughout their relationship, with Segel only speaking vaguely about Williams in an interview with Extra last April.

"I think we would just very much like to be happy," he said at the time. "That's all I'm going to say about it."

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